Anti Self-Help Series: For Such a Time as This

As a follower of Christ, we are supposed to believe we are a miracle, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” You see it on pro-life billboards, teen devotionals, Christian cards and motivational posters.

And maybe, just maybe, you believe it.

But do you live like it?

What you believe about yourself will affect everything about how you live your life.

Perhaps you say you believe you are a miracle, but many of your days are spent more like a robot:

*alarm clock goes off

* methodically perform daily tasks and functions

* attempt to squeeze some purpose in

* collapse and repeat

What if I told you that science concurs with God on at least one thing:

You are a miracle.

Scientists studying the chances of human existence have concluded that the chances of you existing are basically ZERO.

The chances of your dad meeting your mom out of all the other women he came in contact with, making it through dating and committing to a long-term relationship, and for the one right sperm (males have around 525 billion) to connect with the exact egg (women have around 2 million), is practically impossible.  But then to take it back throughout your ancestry and have all of those exact sperm and eggs of all your great-great-great grandparents combining to create you is about one in 400 trillion.  One in 400 trillion!

There is a Buddhist description that illustrates the unlikely phenomenon of you:

“Imagine there was one life preserver thrown somewhere in some ocean and there is exactly one turtle in all of these oceans, swimming underwater somewhere.  The probability that you came about and exist today is the same as that turtle sticking its head out of the water – in the middle of that life preserver.  On one try.”

Dr. Ali Binazir, an author and personal change specialist who studied at Harvard and Cambridge, studied this illustration and found that this illustration was pretty close to the actual probability of your existence.

You aren’t here by chance.  God created you.  At this moment in time.  For a purpose.

So let’s stop living like robots, mindlessly surrendering to the pattern of the world.

Everyone surrenders to something, intentionally or unintentionally.

Paul pleads for us in Romans 12:1 to

“…give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind He will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship Him.”

 and he warns us about the trap we can so easily fall into in the next verse:

“Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”


Everyone is always wondering what their purpose is, and Romans 12:1-2 gives us the formula to find out:

* Surrender

*Set yourself apart from the world and its patterns

*Allow God to transform you and your thinking

= Know God’s will.

You are here for “such a time as this.”  (See Esther chapters 3-4)  There was no mistake that the one unique “you” is in this very place, at this particular time.

I would hate to miss God’s calling on my life because I was unwilling to surrender.  Or because I got caught stuck on the mindless robot cycle.

Maybe you have a good thing going without surrendering to God and you don’t want to mess with it.

But what are you missing?

Craig Groeschel, author of the book, “Weird,” says,

“Normal people allow GOOD things to become the enemy of the BEST things.”


Let’s be done with normal.

Let’s live like the miracle we are and give up the good things for God’s BEST.


“…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”   Ephesians 4:1

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Cheryl Anderson

Zowee! I love this! You don’t have to seek out a way to BECOME significant; you were made significant when God created you, created you with a significant purpose. That’s what I got from your writing. God bless you and anoint your work.


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